Status: Competition (2016)
Clasification: Honour mention
Location: Granada, Spain
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
Environments: Old town, Riverside
Types: Intervention, Public space, Square
The Quarter of the Albaicin, declared Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO, is suffering a complicated ageing that is progressively leading people to have the neighbourhood and tangentially a reduction of services considered essencial which are affecting, above all, to the old people who have grown up there. Albaicin is populated by 16.821 habitants and is the zone of the city which is suffering the biggest ageing within Granada, which is, further, the city of Andalucia with the highest rate of ageing, more than 18 percent of inhabitants. This problem, added to the already original situation of the neighbourhood, which is virtually isolated from the city, and the reduction of services arising from the crisis have caused a loss of quality of the for the old people, increasingly more isolated from society.
Our proposal aims to solve all of this problem by taking advantage from the prime location of the neighbourhood, placed on the foothills of the Alambra, thanks to a building whose goal is just generate a mixed use center where all the people in Albaicin can be part of a new way to understand the neighbourhood, where visitors can be guided by all of that old people who know better than any other the history and the legacy of the city. But not only as a contribution but a kind of symbiosis between old a new generations, in order to enhance young people to recolonise the quarter.
The building is solved by a concrete slab which support the vegetal roof that works as well as a regulator element of temperature and humidity conditions. The project tries to solve a very mix and different program without creating any conflict with the surrounding environment.
A new broadwalk to take back the Quarter to the old people.